Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • June 3, 2009 FLOW Area Long-time trustee resigns from school board by Frank J. McMahon Long-time Ramapo Indian Hills School Board member Kathy Scarpelli has resigned from her position as a Wyckoff trustee after serving 11 years on the board. Her resignation was effective on May 22. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity for the past 11 years,” Scarpelli told the board. “In the spring of 2007, I chose to run for another term on the board knowing that during that term we would be faced with the enormous task of hiring a new superintendent,” Scarpelli explained. “As a veteran or long standing member of this board I felt obligated to be here to see this through. Tonight marks that occasion with the hiring of Dr. Lauren Schoen and it also marks a moment of closure for me personally. In other words, I hear ‘exit music’ playing in the background. “I am grateful to have been able to play a small role in many exciting events and activities over my 11 years. I have had the privilege to work with some of the best and brightest in education.” Scarpelli has been a Wyckoff resident for 28 years and was serving her fourth three-year term on the board when she resigned. She was the first Wyckoff resident to serve as president of the regional school board. Her three children graduated from Ramapo High School A 1972 graduate of Saint Mary’s High School in Rutherford, she is a 1976 graduate of Jersey City State College, where she received a BA in speech correction/special education. Scarpelli was elected to the regional school board in April 1998, a few months after former Superintendent Paul Saxton was appointed by the school board and after Saxton and the school board ended the long standing and controversial board policy of splitting the students from Franklin Lakes between the two schools in the district. “It was that night that I decided to run,” Scarpelli explained. “I felt there was strong leadership in Paul and I felt the board for the first time was moving in a positive direction and in concert with each other for a change.” During her time on the board, the district has granted a choice of the two schools in the district to the students in all three towns in the regional high school district and the district began offering University Programs to students who qualify for them as part of their regular high school experience. In addition, she was part of the effort to get voter approval for the reconstruction and renovation of the two school buildings in the district, which resulted in a multiyear $43.5 million reconstruction and renovation project. “I am particularly proud of the fact that, during my tenure on the board, the board members no longer treated each other according to their zip codes,” Scarpelli continued. “They treated each other with respect for their skill sets and backgrounds and what they could bring to the table. We didn’t fixate on making sure each committee had one person from Franklin Lakes and one from Wyckoff and one from Oakland. And that’s how the board operated for many years.” Scarpelli is a member of the Wyckoff Planning Board and is chairperson of the Wyckoff Municipal Alliance, a group of volunteers who are part of alcohol and drug abuse prevention efforts in the community. An advertising sales executive for Villadom TIMES in Midland Park, she said she is going to devote more time attending to her work on the municipal alliance. ���������� ennials ������������ Per ��������������� ������ ���������������� �������������� The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education is seeking a Wyckoff resident to fill the oneyear unexpired term that resulted from the May 22 resignation of trustee Kathleen Scarpelli. The board has 65 days to fill this vacancy. Interested community members should submit a letter of interest to Frank C. Ceurvels, business administrator/board secretary, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education, 131 Yawpo Avenue, Oakland, NJ 07436 by Monday, June 15. All letters of interest Board seeks Wyckoff trustee and other materials provided by interested community members will be reviewed by the board of education, and an interview schedule will be established for Monday, June 22. 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